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Mar 15, 2010 07:55 PM

Pumpernickel Bread in Toronto?

Hi folks, can anyone recommend a local bakery that makes a good pumpernickel? (Preferably near downtown Toronto, a little bit uptown or east/west is ok.) I'm looking for something not quite as dense as traditional German-style pumpernickel, because I find it's not always the best choice for making sandwiches or toast. But still something seriously dense and dark and chewy. Thanks!

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    1. re: Kagemusha

      Thank you very much for the Dimpflmeier recommendation. I know all about their pumpernickel, but I didn't know they had so many other varieties of dark ryes. Something like the Black Forest Rye or the Holzofen Brot might be just the ticket.

      I am going to give them a try, but they are really far out there in the west end. I'm still hoping to find something closer to the downtown core.

      1. re: Omnibus_Eater

        They really aren't that remote--just off Kipling south of Dundas W. You will see many varieties at the bakery that aren't in wide retail circulation--all are hyper-fresh and discount priced. The pretzels are killer, too. Worth a trip.

        1. re: Omnibus_Eater

          Both Highland Farms and Longos carry a decent selection of Dimpflmeier breads, as do many European-style delis

          1. re: OTFOODIE

            Nothing to compare to Dimp's factory store--trust me. Cheaper and way fresher, too.

            1. re: Kagemusha

              Where is Dimp's Factory Store located? Thanks!

              1. re: princess.melody

                Mentioned above(?!). Advance Rd. just east off Kipling, south of the Dundas/TTC overpass. Open everyday. Hectic parking--you've been warned.

        2. re: Kagemusha

          I'm from Montréal, near the famous Jean-Talon market. One thing lacking here is high-quality German breads, and I am fortunate to have a friend who lives near their bakery in Etobicoke. It is a surprisingly nice outing in a dismal stretch - even has a pleasant café to stop for coffee and a bite. They have great breadrolls, pretzels and other things not readily available elsewhere. I took organic loaves back to my catsitter friends here (as well as some Niagara wine from the LCBO).

          I see they've added Scandinavian-type "Viking" breads since I was there.

          1. re: lagatta

            They've made Scandinavian-style bread for years. That "dismal" stretch east of Kipling is full of food and worth exploring. Don't let the body shops and car repair joints fool you!

            1. re: Kagemusha

              Thanks! I was only referring to its appearance. Have you recommended any other places around there on this board? I live in Montréal, so I only occasionally visit this board, and most often for Ottawa recommendations, or if I'm travelling to Toronto to work at a conference there.

          1. re: cheesymama

            Thanks for the recommendation. I visited Harbord Bakery and tried their Black Rye, which was excellent. Good flavour, plenty of coarsely-milled rye, and very dense and chewy.

            Harbord Bakery
            115 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

            1. re: Omnibus_Eater

              Glad you liked them. Their cheese danish are great too!

          2. Hello! Similar question but I would need a bakery that is in York Region (Markham / Aurora / Newmarket) that you would carry Pumpernickle bread. Thanks!